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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 6, 2010 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

Nothing really to add, everyone has pretty much said it . But that has never stopped me...
I saw the first of those 77 Help>Slip>Frank's at the Swing (2/26/77),
and the return of Crazy Fingers at Ventura (/18/82,) .
The same thing that hurts CF, in the latter day, is most likely the reason they cut Help>Slip eventually out ; that is their moving slowly away form jamming, and the WORK it takes to make something like H>S come off .
As the years went on, as Garcia gained weight , songs like Playing, and Other One lost weight . It is odd that that in the mid 80's they make a stab at bringing Help>Slip, and Crazy FIngers back ; the first I always liked, really lights up some of those 90's shows ; the second, I liked it , but felt the chumped out on the jam going out of it , they just seemed incapable or unwilling to get into that sort of etherial space , that makes those 76 versions so wonderful .

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Poster: yesss! Date: Sep 6, 2010 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

dudley- i am very envious that you were at 2/26/77. one of my all time favorites! hope it was fun.

as for h>s>f being shelved in '77 and crazy fingers in '76- it is really a shame. i think we missed some great versions of help>slip>franks from '78, as that combo could have worked really well with the more aggressive '78 sound. the band could have played it a little faster and more rocking, jerry could have barked and growled the lyrics, and i could see him really digging into the solos in both the body of "help" and the jam in "slipknot". but maybe the riff and odd time in slipknot felt clunky or just required too much thought/effort without enough payoff? seems like the band was getting more visceral and raw as they headed into '78, so maybe they started to favor material that enabled raging and/or emoting over stuff that was more intellectual but could be a buzzkill?

and crazy fingers would have been amazing in "just exactly perfect" '77. something about the sound of that year (the verb? the arrangements?) made the slower and/or more spacious and open tunes sound extra perfect. the vocals soar and notes float and ring out and there is a stately and graceful quality that i think would have really worked well with the slow jazzy melody and billowy reggae feel of crazy fingers. plus, the band could have really taken that outro for a ride in grand '77 style, and jerry would have just killed that middle solo. oh well...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 7, 2010 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

couldn't agree more re: "Crazy Fingers" being absent in 1977. They would have nailed it! The only song I regret more missing from that "just exactly perfect" year is "Birdsong"...another they really should have brought out...I guess everything else was just so slamming they felt 'why mess w/perfection'?

Interesting to note as well that in 1977 there was only ONE "China>Rider", and it just killed--12/29/77--at Winterland....can't imagine what it would have been like to have been there....